Rejoicing Over God’s Favor - Once-A-Day Devotional for Women

Rejoicing Over God’s Favor

LORD my God, I called to you for help,

and you healed me.

You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead;

you spared me from going down to the pit.

Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people;

praise his holy name.

For his anger lasts only a moment,

but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may stay for the night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:2 – 5

Although God prevented David from building the great Temple in Jerusalem, this prayer of David was sung when the Temple was dedicated. The prayer’s words echo the experience of someone who had survived God’s anger and rejoiced in God’s mercy. Even a moment of God’s anger created a night of weeping for David. But the darkness and sorrow of the night were always followed by a joy-filled morning—a restoration of David’s relationship with his Lord. David could praise God for his holy, just, and convicting anger because he knew God didn’t get angry without reason. The appropriate response to God’s anger was repentance.

The night of painful waiting—the dark night when we turn our sins and sorrows over to the Lord — will surely be followed by a morning of joy. At that time, every tear will be dried and every wound will be healed.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, I am so grateful that your loving anger lasts for a moment, but your favor lasts for a lifetime …

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Once-A-Day Devotional for Women
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